November 7, 2007

News & Opinion: A Reader Request - Your Newspapers

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 5:03 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I first want to officially declare my love for Monocle Magazine. It is a wonderful magazine out of the UK that covers "Affairs, Business, Culture, Design, and Edits (ie stuff)." The design is brilliant with great and plentiful photography, the right mix of short and long content, and a global perspective which is all but missing from stateside media.

The major feature in the November issue is newspapers. Consider these facts:
  • Over 11,000 newspapers produced daily worldwide.
  • 1.6 billion people read a newspaper every day, up 5% over the last five years.
  • Newspapers employ two million people globally.

Those numbers stand in contrast to the doom and gloom you constantly read in the US. Reported in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, numbers from the Audit Bureau of Circulation show circulation of U.S. weekday newspapers was down 2.6% from last year.

Monocle also highlights a number of recent redesigns from around the world, the most significant Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

That got me thinking. I would love to see dailies from around the world. You can see some of them online, but there is no substitute for seeing the object.

So, here is my proposition. Anyone who send me the daily newspaper they read will get a free book sent book to them as a gift. I need to put some limits on this, so here is the process:
  1. If you would to participate, email me at t o d d [a t] 8 0 0 c e o r e a d [dot] c o m. Tell me the newspaper you would send me and where it is published. I am looking for global dailies.
  2. I will send you back an address to mail the physical copy of the paper.
  3. Once I receive your package, I will return the favor.
  4. Offer ends November 30th, 2007

I am only going to accept one entry per newspaper, so it is first come first serve.

And I am really looking for dailies from outside the US, but I may accept some of the within the 50 states.

I really want to encourage our global readership to join in. It is often hard to include folks outside the US in our special offers. In this case, we want to encourage it.